Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Power of Carbohydrates



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I've been tossing back and forth what to write about today.  I started thinking about it yesterday.  I already wrote about my break from school work and visiting with family (the highlight of the week).  I wrote a poem that seemed too raw to share.  Every time I nixed an idea, my mind rolled back to this carbohydrate laden weekend.  It was heavenly!


I received the above message from my son.  I knew he had something good planned, I just didn't realize how good it would be.  He walked in Saturday night around 5:00 and began searching the cupboards for flour, sugar, and chocolate chips.  Did we have high gluten flour?  Did we have peanut butter?  He quickly made a list and then he was off to the store.

All three of my children are cooks, however, like their reading tastes, they differ in their strengths in the kitchen.  Annie is a baker.  Molly tries a lot of new things (she's lived for a year in CA and sees a lot of trendy food).  Zach...he's an experimenter.  It doesn't matter what he's making, he has to change it up a bit.  My house smelled heavenly from Saturday night through Sunday night.  Cookbooks were stacked all over the place as he thumbed through them to find just the right recipes (that he would then tweak).  Flour was scattered throughout the kitchen.  Dirty dishes piled high.  The results?  They couldn't have been better.  We had...remember, all homemade...

Strawberry muffins
Foccacia bread sprinkled with herbs and feta cheese
Ciabatta rolls
Baguettes
Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
and
Fettuccine Alfredo with sauteed broccoli and zucchini

Any stress I was feeling melted away.  I mean it literally melted away with each bite.  Every single thing tasted so darn good.  Probably because I don't eat things like that very often.

We've already started planning on our Thanksgiving cooking.  I can't wait to have all three kids home to share the kitchen with me.  Knowing my gang, there will be plenty more carbs in the making.


14 comments:

  1. I should not have read this on an empty stomach! Mmmmm, that sounds good and the best part was you didn't have to do it. You are lucky that you've created cooks in the kitchen. Thanksgiving will be fun.

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  2. There is something special about delightful treats being baked in your own kitchen, especially when all you have to do is enjoy them. Family and food there is such a link! Enjoy and yum....

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  3. Zach sounds like my Olivia - messy kitchen when she visits, but such a bounty of delicious treats!

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  4. Wow, he was definitely in the 'baking' zone, Julie. How wonderful that all three of your kids cook. Mine both do, too, and can whip up things that are really good! I love your carb weekend, and wish I had some of that fettucine alfredo! Also the strawberry muffins, and the ciabatta rolls, and … Sorry, it's dinner time and I need to find something to eat!

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  5. Oh it is so clear that you have empowered them to be at home in the kitchen. I must admit I have more patience with my adult children than with my husband, the newly emerging chef in our family. I am, however, taking a page from your book, so to speak, and feel the reminder to embrace his delicious concoctions even if they mean mega clean-up!

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  6. YUMMY! Send them to my house...I'll let them mess up my kitchen for all that yumminess!

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  7. My two will do the same thing! It is heavenly when they come home and help in the kitchen. Sounds like a wonderful family weekend!

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  8. Love, love, love that your son comes home to cook! Such a yummy family time!!

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  9. What a great slice to share! Your kitchen sounds like a really special place to be -- lots of memories. I have a son who loves to cook -- I hope he comes home to cook some day.
    Clare

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  10. What a great slice to share. Your kitchen sounds like a very special place -- so many memories. I have a son who likes to cook - I hope he comes home to cook some day!
    Clare

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  11. Mmmm. Why wasn't I invited to partake in all of that delicious food. ;)

    Your kids sound like wonderful chefs. They all bring something special to every meal, don't they?

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  12. Someday, I will have daughters who enjoy cooking, although right now, they just enjoy eating. I had a glimmer when one became a guacamole specialist over the summer, but that went away when school started. What a delicious memory to document and share, Julie. Thank you!

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  13. I love that he chose to come home and spend time cooking. In a year, we send our first to college and I can only hope I too will be able to experience such joy and time when she returns.

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  14. Yum! Wish one of my boys would take up cooking!

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